Pittsburgh Pirates: Recapping Where Recently Traded Players Are Now

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 16: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during photo day at the Peoria Sports Complex on March 16, 2022 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 16: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during photo day at the Peoria Sports Complex on March 16, 2022 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /
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Sep 11, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez (48) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez (48) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Richard Rodríguez

Richard Rodríguez was the team’s closer for the first half of the season. Before being traded, Rich-Rod had a 2.82 ERA, 2.60 FIP, and 0.83 WHIP. Although Rodriguez was only striking out 22.8% of batters faced, he only walked 3.4% of opposing hitters while giving up just two home runs in 38.2 innings of work.

Rodríguez was shipped to the Braves for right-handers Ricky DeVito and Bryse Wilson at the trade deadline. However, Rodríguez would struggle in his new environment. He pitched 26 innings with the Braves, but his 3.12 ERA and 4.7% walk rate aren’t reflective of how he performed. He gave up six more home runs and saw his strikeout rate plummet to just 8.5%. Because of his struggles, the Braves excluded Rodríguez from their postseason rosters throughout their World Series run.

At the end of the season, the Braves non-tendered the right-handed reliever. He hit the open market and went unsigned for all of the winter. However, in a recent development, Rodríguez tested positive for a banned substance, leading to an 80-game suspension.

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